Rhamnus (Buckthorn)

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We provide a range of Rhamnus bare root plants, including Rhamnus cathartica & Rhamnus frangula.

Common Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) is a large, dense spiny deciduous shrub with a suckering habit, found in the wild mainly on chalky soils, although it will grow in most soil conditions. Its leaves being only one of two food sources for the caterpillars of the Brimstone butterfly; it is also provides food for Tiger Moth larvae and adult Brimstones are attracted to the flowers.

A fast-growing bushy deciduous shrub or small tree with spreading branches, often seen in woodlands. With good autumn colour and attractive fruits, the Alder Buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula) is important ecologically as it is the host plant for the caterpillars of the Brimstone butterfly.

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